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How to get Office 365 document sharing to actually work

Galen Gruman | July 12, 2016
Office 365, Office 2016, and OneDrive have finally come together across Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and the web -- but you still need a guide to making it all work

But not all features are universally available, and not all features work the same on all platforms. Android users in particular face functional shortcomings, while Windows users (usually) get all the bells and whistles. Microsoft's vision of universal apps still has a long way to go.

My company's Office 365 deployment uses the E3 plan, which covers all these tools. Other plans may lack some capabilities or offer additional features. Also, each business can enable or restrict functionality for its users, so some capabilities I cover in this guide may not be available in your deployment -- take that up with IT, not me.

Despite confusing setup issues, functional inconsistencies across platforms, and not-fully-baked permissions management in Office 365 for document sharing, I strongly recommend you adopt these capabilities in your work environment.

Once you get past the initial hurdles, you'll find it's a very powerful tool to work easily across multiple devices and to share with other users. If you've used Google Docs, you'll understand its power. Office 365 brings that sharing power to world-class productivity tools, a combination that is unbeatable today.

 

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